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Apple Joins IBM, Microsoft in Patent Reform Lobby Group

1:20 PM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking a bigger role in pushing for patent reform in the United States by teaming up with IBM, Microsoft, and other companies as part of the Partnership for American Innovation. The organization's goal is to lobby the Federal government to adopt the changes it wants to improve the country's patent system.

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The current state of the patent system in the U.S. has made for an environment where it's far to easy for patent trolls to bully companies into licensing payments that may not be appropriate, but are less expensive than drawn out litigation. It's clear there needs to be some chance, so hopefully the Partnership for American Innovation will work for good and not evil.

Analyst: Amazon’s Fire TV no Threat to Apple TV

10:33 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon unveiled its Fire TV set top streaming media box on Wednesday, and while it offers some features Apple TV doesn't, it isn't a big threat to Apple, according to Forrester analyst Jim Nail. Fire TV offers streaming video content from the usual sources, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, and it supports gaming, too.

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Amazon's Fire TV does have some features that set it apart from Apple TV, but it doesn't sound like that's enough to wow analysts. Still, it would be great to see Apple beef up Apple TV's capabilities. Competition is good for consumers, after all.

How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

9:58 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!

Apple’s Annual WWDC Set for June 2-6

8:45 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference dates will be June 2 through June 6, and the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together Mac and iOS developers with Apple's own engineers to learn about the company's roadmap and improve their own products.

ACM 248: Macworld/iWorld Roundup, Apple v. Samsung, and Amazon’s Fire TV

8:30 PM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Jeff and Bryan survived last week's Macworld/iWorld conference and are here to tell you about what they saw, the cool products they found, and all the great stuff you missed. They also take a look at the just started second patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, and offer up their take on Amazon's new Fire TV set top streaming content device.

Hider 2 Hits the Mac App Store

11:56 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

MacPaw showed off Hider 2 for the Mac at Macworld/iWorld 2014 last week, and impressed The Mac Observer enough to win an Editors' Choice Award. Now it's available for download at Apple's Mac App Store.

Amazon Takes on Apple TV, Roku with Fire TV

11:23 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon made a new push to take over your livingroom on Wednesday when it announced the Amazon Fire TV. Like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox Live, and Google Chromecast, Fire TV offers streaming content such as TV shows, movies, and music.

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Amazon clearly wants to be the one stop shop for your books, movies, music, and videos. Between Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire, and now Fire TV, they're working hard to make that happen.

BlackBerry Screws Itself, Won’t Renew T-Mobile Reseller Contract

10:17 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is apparently still upset over T-Mobile's trade-in-your-BlackBerry promotion because he won't be renewing the carrier's license to sell his company's smartphones. For T-Mobile, this isn't that big of a deal, but for BlackBerry it's yet another nail in its coffin -- a nail it's driving in itself.

Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

8:55 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special third-off price for a limited time.